Hope Star from Hope, Arkansas on December 22, 1977 · Page 7
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Hope, Arkansas
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Thursday, December 22, 1977
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Thursday. December 22, 1977 TAR Pi UP Ff yen 7<m. REAL ESTATE 241 ACRES with 3 bedroom mobile home. 12'xl6' barn. Just 2 miles from town on blacktop road 10 ACRES—about 12 acres tillable - 5 acres timber, well, pump, septic, electricity. 24'x36' barn. Call JON or MARY DEWBRE 777-5600 nights 777-5836 or come by UNITED FARM AGENCY 908 East 3rd St. - Hope, AR. 12-22-ttc MB. BOATS & MOTOR NEE L—CRAFT Boat manufacturing Inc. Has moved to the Hope Proving Grounds location and invited everyones repairs or any other service that we can do for you in the fiberglass line. Call 777-6466, JAMES NEEL for free estimates or pickup and delivery. il-24-tf HIH. DOGS 2-THREE MONTH Old Labador Retriever, $75.00 registered. 777-5802 days after 6:00 p.m. 777-3748. 12-19-6tp CHINESE PUGS, Boston Terrier puppies. One Ijewallen setter bird dog, 8 months old. Will hold for Christmas. Country Puppy Farm, 777-2503. 12-9-lmc 85.WEARING APPAREL DICK'S CUSTOM SHIRTS for all members of the family. Custom shirts will be appreciated for Christinas. 11-28-tf SHOP BONNIE'S DRESS SHOP: Bodcaw for something different for Christmas. Beautiful fashions, reasonable prices. Shop til 1 ? 1 pVm'!'" 7 & Suhiday afternoons. Yellow tag Sale. 12-5-lmc MAKE OVERTURE'S Your Christmas store, the gift that comes in pairs - "We have time for you." 11-28-tf Dole gets snooping complaints WASHINGTON (AP) — The Agriculture Department says it isn't snooping into the strike activities of farmers, but Sen. Bob Dole, R-Kan., is not convinced. Dole told Agriculture Secretary Bob Bergland again Wednesday that he keeps getting reports that local offices of the Agricultural Stabilization and Conservation Service have been instructed to watch strike activities and report them to Washington. "In Kansas, the state ASCS office was requested by USDA to keep Washington abreast of the farm strike situation and to report unusual activity, such as violence, picketing and striking at elevators, processing plants, etc.," Dole said in a letter to Bergland. Thomas R. Sand, an aide to Bergland, said that if Dole "has specific counties where there is a problem, he should inform the department" because those activities were neither requested nor authorized by the secretary of agriculture or the ASCS here. The nationwide strike called by American Agriculture on Dec. 14 is aimed at getting higher prices for wheat, corn and other farm commodities. The Colorado-based movement includes Kansas among its strongest areas of support. Dole initially sent a telegram to Bergland last week indicating that he had been informed by a number of farmers that state and local ASCS offices were collecting names, place and dates relating to the strike and sending them to the secretary. Dole said that in the past the agency has gathered information about crop conditions, box car shortages, fuel and fertilization shortages. Patrick Kearnev: gave him feelings of powe RIVERSIDE. Calif. <APi Patrick Wayne Kearney, sentenced to life imprisonment after pleading guilty to three "trash bag murders," said the killings helped vent his frustrations and gave him feelings of power. Grisly details of the slayings, seme included in interviews with two doctors, were released Wednesday when a gag order was lifted after Kearney's sentencing. Prosecutors also disclosed that Kearney at least twice came close to getting caught with victims in his car. Once he locked himself out of the car and jimmied the lock with a coat hanger. A second time, he had a flat tire and had his car towed to a gas station for re- pairs. Kearney was sentenced fo-. the first-degree murders of Albert Rivera, 21. of Ix)s Angeles: Arturo Marquez 24, of Oxnard, and John LaMay, 17, of El Segundo. Superior Court Judge John Hews imposed the life term after Kearney requested immediate sentencing. Kearney, 37, was arrested last July. The killings, linked to homosexual activities, were termed the "trash bag murders" because many of the 15 victims were found dumped along highways in large plastic trash bags. Authorities have said Kearney may be linked to as many as 28 slayings. Kearney declined to comment '•W.'iresdru , n what led to the slav ir.,.s for which he wa.« sentenced, saying: "1 can't allow myself to think about it much. It's too painful." He said his former roommate, David Hill, 34, who was arrested with Kearney but not indicted, neither was involved in nrr aware of the killings. Quoting from previously confidential reports, the Riverside Press-Enterprise today published a story revealing that Kearney told doctors how the murders eased his frustrations and made him feel powerful. He felt his victims had taken advantage of his good will or resembled people who had persecuted him as a child, according to the doctors' reports. Price tree/e attributed to excess oil production Gunman threatens children; extorts $11,000 from mother SKIUOtJS (JUBSTION for Defense Secretary Harold Browr. Is how the United States can balance Its allies' defense interests with its own efforts to reach a missile ageement with the Soviet Union. NATO members told Brown at the Brussels defense ministers meeting of fheir concern over U.S. willingness to curb deployment of cruise missiles. CARACAS, Venezuela AT- The Uniled -States and other customers of the international oil cartel arc being spared .1 price increase, perhaps for the next six months, because the members of the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Coun- triesoil countries are producing more than they can sell. OPF.C's 13 members failed to agree on a price incfvaso at their annual winter meeting Tuesday and Wednesday at Caraballedn, a beach resort near Caracas. Rather than repeat last year's split, they left the base price at 12.70 a 42- gallon barrel, the price since July 1, until their next meeting. That meeting is scheduled for June 15, but OPEC Secretary- General All Jaidah said the cartel could hold a special session any time all 13 members .u:n-e to nw Some ministers mentioned the possibility of n special price-fixing session in three months Sheik Ahmed 7^W Yamanl, Saudi Arabia's oil minister, attributed the price freeze to OPKC's current excess production of about 2 million barrels a day. about 6 percent of their total output. "Market realities nave imposed a freeze," Yamanl told reporters. "Once the surplus on the market is eliminated, neither the United States nor any other nation can impose a freeze on prices." Jaidah commented that Increasing production from Alaska's North Slope and the North Sea would cat mon nnd more into OPEC's share ot he market. In the bargaining at Carabal- leda. the conservative governments of Saudi Arabia, Iran and the United Arab Emirates held out for the freeze; radical libya. Algeria and Iraq de- man ded increases ranging from 10 to 23 percent to counteract inflation in the industrialized countries, and Venezuela urged a hike of 5 to 8 percent. All agreed, however, that any Increase would only be by consensus so as not to have a repetition of their split last December. The opposition to an Increase by Saudi Arabia and Iran, OPEC's two biggest producers, and their allies was decisive. The U.A.E. oil minister, Man a Saeed Otaiba, told The Associated Press he asked his colleagues to make voluntary production cutbacks to reduce the surplus, "and the reaction has been favorable." MEMPHIS, Term. (AP) - A gunman escaped with almost $11,000 after confronting a bank teller at her home Wednesday and threatening to kill her two children unless she withdrew the money from the bank, police said. Police and FBI agents had made no arrests in the case late Wednesday night. No one was hurt in the one- hour ordeal of Cheryl Pittman, 29, and Jeffrey, 7, and Jennifer, 6. Officials of First Tennessee Bank said $10,962 was taken from the First Place quick-stop banking facility where Mrs. Cutback in wheat possibility By DON KENDALL AP Farm Writer WASHINGTON (AP) - The Agriculture Department will be analyzing new information on potential 1978 wheat production to determine whether farmers may be cutting back to help slow down the rising grain surplus. A report late today will show how many acres of wheat farmers planted this fall for harvest next summer. Winter wheat accounts for about three-fourths of the total U.S. wheat production. Based on surveys made Dec. 1, the report also will include the department's first production forecast for the 1978 winter wheat harvest. But experts caution that it will be highly tentative because the crop, now mostly dormant for the winter, still has about six months before being harvested. Although weather is the most important factor, there are others to consider, including the government's 1978 wheat acreage set-aside program and the possible effect of protests by American Agriculture, the Colorado-based group which called a nationwide farm strike as of Dec. 14. The new figures, however, could be altered significantly by next spring when farmers have to adjust their acreages remaining for harvest if they choose to participate in the set- aside program. It calls for farmers to reduce 1978 wheat acreages from this year's harvest in order to qualify for full benefits under the government's price support system. Further, the program will require participating farmers to set aside from crop production land equal to 20 percent of the wheat they do have for 1978 in order to qualify. Although the strike movement, which was launched to a large degree because of depressed wheat prices, probably will not be reflected in today's report _ farmers planted their winter wheat before Dec. 14 — the wheat acreage could be changed significantly if many farmers decide in the coming months to plow up their crop instead of letting it mature into grain next summer. The wheat acreage actually left for harvest next June and July also could be affected if dry weather intercedes between now and next spring in key areas of the Great Plains. Pittman has been a teller for three years. Police said the man entered the home shortly before 7:30 a.m. after Mrs. Pittman's husband David Pittman Jr., left for work at International Harvester. "He just walked in the house," said police Sgt. Ronnie Oliver. "He held a gun on her and told her to go to the bank and get all the money she could get. He obviously knew she was an employee of the bank." Capt. William Hess of the robbery squad said the gunman identified himself as George Archer and wore a maroon or red suit with a paisley tie. Hess described the man as a white male, about 28, 5 feet, 6 inches and 150 pounds with short, sandy brown hair and wearing gold wire-framed glasses. The man ordered Mrs. Pittman to drive to the banking facility and followed her in his car with Jeffrey and Jennifer. Mike Houseal, First Tennessee Bank's director of public relations, said'Mrs. Pittman, her children and the gunman waited in the bank's parking lot for another teller to arrive to help open the bank. Houseal said the branch's manager, Norma Brown, arrived at 8 a.m. and helped Mrs. Pittman get the money. "Mrs. Pittman explained what would happen, that her kids would be killed if she didn't get the money," Houseal said. Authorities said the gunman then ordered Mrs. Pittman to drive to an apartment complex parking lot two miles west of the bank and one block north of the Pittman home. Oliver said Mrs. Pittman obeyed and after she gave the man the money, he released the children unharmed and drove off. Mrs. Brown called bank officials, who notified the FBI. "Our hands were kind of tied initially because of our fear for the children," said Dick Blay, assistant agent in charge of the Memphis FBI office. "No one was injured, but that's about the only'gratifying' thing'-about' it. We've got nothing concrete." Church-goers robbed COLLEGEDALE.Tenn. (AP) — Three gunmen wearing ski masks invaded a church where more than 100 people were watching a children's Christmas pageant and proceeded to rob the audience row by row, police said. The robbers forced the audience — many of them children — attending the performance Wednesday night to stand up one row at a time and dump their wallets and purses in a grocery sack in the back of the church, Hamilton County police said. Then the audience and cast members were led to a basement Sunday school room and ordered to stay there while the bandits escaped. Craig Johnson, a police dispatcher, said the gunmen were still at large. He said the value of the items taken had not been calculated. Officer Johnny Morris, one of four policemen who Investigated the incident, said the robbery occurred at about 8 p.m. at John's Memorial Missionary Baptist Church near Collegedale, a suburb east of Rains hamper rescuers TEHRAN, Iran (AP) -Torrential rains interrupted earthquake relief operations in Iran's coal basin today as the official toll rose to 584 dead and 1,000 injured. Prime Minister Jamshid Amuzegar on Wednesday urged quick reconstruction of 16 vil- jiages hit by Tuesday's quake, centered 430 miles south of Tehran. Many of the victims were miners who dug coal for the nation's big steel mill at Isfahan. Three of the villages — Bab- Tangol, disk and Sar-Asiyab — were obliterated. Thousands of persons are homeless in subfreezing temperatures, and Empress Farah is planning to fly to the stricken region in the next few days when the airport at Zarand is fixed. Chattanooga in southeast Tennessee. "Right after their introductory prayer and a couple of young ladles had sung, three males wearing ski masks entered. Two of them had long guns, one of them had a pistol," Morris said. He said one of the robbers carried a shotgun and told the group he and his cohorts were going to rob them. "He told them to put their hands on top of their heads, then one subject at the back of Decatur man killed INDEPENDENCE, Mo. (AP) — A one-car accident on U.S. 160 just east of Independence has claimed the life of Kenneth Phllpott, 24, of Decatur, Ark. The accident occurred shortly before midnight Wednesday. No other details were available. —Attend Church Sunday. the church fired a shot into the celling and advised them they weren't kidding. The subject at the front had them get up one row at a time, like an offering, and go to the back and empty their cash into a grocery bag held by a third subject," Morris said. The frightened victims were found huddled in the downstairs room by a late-arriving member of the audience, Morris said. "They said the subject up front with the shotgun was very irrational — they thought he might begin shooting people any minute," Morris said. New Crop • Papcrahcll PECANS lluv Dlrci'l mid Suvc RED RIVER PLANTATION Fulton, Ark. 501-896-2225 Tiikrllwy.OT Tn ItMl Itlvrr lirlilKi', turn li'fl & (nllim sign*. Hope Star For information come by our office or call 777-8841 and ask for Penny. Here's the Mammoth Sports Chronicle of 1977 Sure, mammoth li the word for the latest edition of THE ASSOCIATED PRESS' OFFICIAL SPORTS ALMANAC. It li 928 pages of fascinating facts on 100 sports plus profiles of today's outstanding sports stars and 'more than 150 exciting photos. No doubt about It, this Is the biggest and best book of its kind - packed full of the world's sports records. Highlighted are the major sports such at baseball, football, basketball, hockey, golf and tennis in addition to those lesser known — hang gliding, table tennis, judo,roller skating, handball and many others. The book took more than six months to compile by The AP's global staff of sports writers, statisticians and photographers. It is a big, big bargain, too. You can get it for only $2.95. Order your copy now! AP 1977 Sports Almanac On sale now at office of Hope Star, W. Third & Grady Sts. at $2.95 per copy. 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